The Changing Cultural Climate in Museums

The McKissick Museum at the University of South Carolina will host a public lecture and workshop on “The Changing Cultural Climate in Museums” on featuring Stephanie Johnson-Cunningham from Museum Hue in New York City. Originally scheduled September 28 – 29, 2021, this event has been postponed due to COVID-19. The event will now take place on Tuesday, February 8, 2022, at 6:00 pm in the Loft space at the Columbia Museum of Art. SC Humanities helped support this program with a Mini Grant.

The cultural climate in museums is currently facing a reckoning brought on by COVID-19 layoffs, museum closures, the death of George Floyd, and the resurgence of the Black Lives Matter movement in 2020. Stephanie Johnson-Cunningham will present the vision for Museum Hue, as well as outlining strategies and tools for making museums more inclusive, accessible, and relevant.

Stephanie Johnson-Cunningham has worked as a United Nations Human Rights Fellow, and in 2019, she received the American for the Arts American Express Emerging Leader Award.

The lecture will take place on Tuesday, February 8th, 2022 at 6:00 p.m. at the Columbia Museum of Art (1515 Main St, Columbia, SC 29201). It is free and open to the public. Masks are required. A workshop will take place for University students as well.

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